Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS) is has announced it has received $100,000 from the COMPASS Coordinating Centers to reduce the stigma associated with behavioral/mental health and increase access to trauma-informed care.

PALSS has been selected as one of the 32 recipients of the 2019 COMPASS Initiative Transformative Grant. These one-year grants focus specifically on the Southern United States and in addition to reducing stigma and increasing access to care, the funds are aimed at addressing disparities within the HIV epidemic by increasing organizational capacity and promoting well-being.

The funding will help to support a three-way partnership between PALSS, clients, and the SUSTAIN Well-being COMPASS Coordinating Center to support the expansion of the services on offer and build community partnerships aimed at ending the HIV epidemic in the south, particularly in under-served and rural communities where prevention efforts and services can be limited.

Since 1985, PALSS has helped South Carolinians fight the war against HIV and AIDS. PALSS provides health education and social services to persons living with and communities affected by HIV and AIDS. Go to to learn more about the confidential services offered, including HIV/STI testing, PrEP medications, prevention training, counseling, and housing case management. Many services are free of charge or at very low cost.

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